When was the last time the Diamondbacks went to the World Series?
The Arizona Diamondbacks made baseball history in 2001, becoming the fastest expansion franchise to win a World Series title in just their fourth season.
The Arizona Diamondbacks were a relatively new team in 2001, in their fourth year of existence. They faced tough competition in the highly competitive National League West Division. Despite these challenges, they had a strong season, looking to improve their 2000 performance.
The Diamondbacks boasted the best pitching duo in the league - Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson - who together won 43 games. Outfielder Luis Gonzalez was also a standout player, hitting 57 home runs. With a record of 92-70, they clinched the division title.
In the playoffs, the Diamondbacks defeated the St. Louis Cardinals with a walk-off hit by Tony Womack and beat the Atlanta Braves in five games to win the NLCS. In a thrilling seven-game World Series, they emerged victorious against the New York Yankees with another walk-off hit by Luis Gonzalez against Yankees closer Mariano Rivera. With this win, the Arizona Diamondbacks became the fastest expansion franchise in Major League history to win a World Series title, achieving this feat in their fourth season. It remains the only championship ever won by an Arizona-based sports team.
The 2001 World Series against the Yankees
In the 2001 World Series, the New York Yankees and the Arizona Diamondbacks faced off in a thrilling seven-game spectacle. It was an epic showdown that captured the world’s attention.
Led by Curt Schilling in Game 1, the Diamondbacks secured a 9-1 victory over the Yankees. Randy Johnson’s pitching prowess gave Arizona a 2-0 series lead in Game 2.
The Yankees struck back in Game 3, securing a 2-1 victory through Roger Clemens’ strong pitching and Jorge Posada’s home run. Game 4 was a memorable contest that extended into extra innings, with the Yankees tying the series at 2-2.
Game 5 was a marathon battle that stretched into the 12th inning, with the Diamondbacks emerging victorious with a 3-2 win. They delivered a stunning performance in Game 6, resulting in a resounding 15-2 victory.
The epic conclusion occurred in Game 7, with the Diamondbacks clinching the championship with a 3-2 victory. The series was extraordinary and will be unforgettable for a long time.